Sunday, July 26, 2015

An Unexpected Find at my Favorite Thrift Store. She's a Beauty!

 I love creative fun up-cycle recycle projects .. and ... as you know ...  I love to go junkin'.

 I've tried to back off of the " junkin' - garage sale yard sale - fun " .  I already have an abundance of treasures I need to list in my eBay and Etsy stores.  ( Do you know how hard it is to pass up a garage sale ? Ugh! Breaks my heart, every time! hahahaha ! )

I have also tried to keep my creative projects at a minimum, as I'm struggling to finish my first creative task that I started months ago. 
That's just sad !!! 

Saying that. I have cheated a bit.  A junkin' girl has to have a little fun  once in a while....right ? 

I stopped at my favorite "honey hole thrift store".  I didn't really plan on treasure hunting. Just an innocent trip to the thrift store for some work clothes. 
I spent quite a bit of time going through racks and racks of clothes, didn't come up with much. Headed towards the check out , which is near the furniture area. 
* Oh. My. Word. * There she was....winking at me!!! Gah! 

I HAD to go over and say hello !!! 
I looked her over and then.......I saw the price tag. 

$4.99 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Oh my gosh !!!! I quickly (well... it was more like : running to the cash register - sprint )  found an associate  - so that I could pay for her  !!! She was going home with me !!!

There was a  nice young man that helped me carry her to the car. ( She is solid wood! Heavy - solid wood! ) 
I mentioned that I couldn't believe she was still there. 
He said " Ma'am......we JUST put it on the sales floor ! " 
I then knew .... it was meant to be!!! 
I had been frustrated that I spent so much time shopping for clothes - only to find a little something  .... glad I didn't give up on the clothes ! I would have departed without ever seeing her!

Now, I know that you may think I'm a bit crazy for doing this. But. I'm going to paint over the roses / art work. I think the original artist did an amazing job. I feel bad painting over them .... however,  it doesn't match my decor. 

Here's to hoping I can get this project done before the snow flies. 
I'm excited to have her in my office one day. 
She will be perfect to replace another piece I am going to sell.

I hope you are enjoying your summer. 
Thanks for stopping by! Always always appreciated!

Hugs and Happy Treasure Hunting!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Vintage Door Knobs and Hardware Finds & Hurry Up Spring!

It's been a drab Monday here in mid Michigan. 
Gray skies and 47 degrees. 
Apparently, Michigan did not got the memo that it is spring!

My Nashville Tennessee friends have been posting pics of their gardens on facebook the last few days. I'm having some " warm weather - spring where are you? " envy. ha!

I don't think I will be able to garden this year....however,  I will load up my little red wagon with herbs...when it warms up. 

The little red wagon is one of my favorite purchases  since being back in Michigan. 
I wrote a little something about it on the blog .
Click Here if you would like to read about the LRW. 

I've had the last few days off from my "other" job. 
I've been trying to hunker down to get more posted on my eBay and Etsy stores.

I picked up a box of lovely yummy vintage door knobs / hardware at a tag sale awhile back...well, a long while back.  ...... like when I lived in Tennessee - while back. haha! 

I was so excited when I found them! 
 As of today .... I managed to get them all listed!!! 
Yay me!!! 

I have no idea what the last piece is. I guess it must be a latch or knob ? Thought it might be fun for someone that recycles - re-purposes. Already has that chippy thing going on! 

More of the listings are here in my eBay store : Click Here , if you would like to see them. Thanks!

I managed to get a few more pieces of trim listed on Etsy. You can view my store here, if you would like to see the latest goodies : Click Here

Thank you for your comments and stopping by to check in. 
Means so much to me! Thank you thank you!

I also want to thank you for contacting me to notify me of my blog issue.
 Somehow I added Google + to my blog - gah! 
Therefore, many of you couldn't respond or leave a comment!
I remember looking around on it, but I didn't recall clicking the  - "yes, I'd like to have google + added to my blog"- button. I must have done something ! Took me awhile to figure out how to take it off...hopefully it is all back to normal and you can leave a comment. Don't you hate it when something like that happens ?  Oy! 

I hope you are enjoying your spring! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs and Happy Treasure Hunting!
Julie xo

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lace Trim and Vintage Hankies

It's a drizzly day here in the mid Michigan area.
Kinda cold and doesn't quite feel like spring yet.
Grateful it isn't snowing.... ha! ( I say that very carefully , 'cause it could . ) 

I've been working on paperwork the last week or so. Not my favorite thing to do. 
I'd much rather be junkin', painting, creating or listing something to sell. 

I'm trying to embrace paperwork - as it is something that we all have to deal with .... but I find myself easily distracted when working on it. (example :  posting a little something on the blog. ..... I have to chuckle at myself !)

Thought I'd take a moment and share with you some of my lace trim finds from last summer.
First of all I would like to establish that I do not sew. I have thought many times about trying it ( again ) ....maybe at an older age I would have more patience than I did when I tried it 100 years ago. *wink*  It's tempting to try again....but as of today, I do not own a sewing machine. 

Saying that, I am highly attracted to sewing articles when out junking / treasure hunting. Vintage or new .... I usually buy it. ( I think it is a little strange that I'm so attracted to it since I don't sew!?  ) 

Anyway ..... I came across a box of lace trim last summer at a tag sale. I couldn't pass it up. It was a great price.

I finally pulled it out last month and went through it. There was much more  than what I had originally thought. Fun!!!

I began listing several pieces  in my Etsy store. I didn't get through all of it, but I made a dent. I have much more to dig out to sell.

Here are some of the listings....

and one more....

I also listed some vintage hankies.... they were some I found at a sale right around the corner from where I live. At a FARM!  I love going to farm sales. I always find treasures! 

You can view all of these in my Etsy Store.  

I also came across this hand towel. Cracks me up!!! 
"Chicken n Wine"

This is for sale in my eBay store.

That's all for now. 
I'd better get back to my .... well,  you know ..... the "p" word.

Enjoy your day!
Happy Treasure Hunting!

 Thanks for stopping by.... means so much!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Etsy Coupon Code for Entirely Apropos and Bird Watching!

Happy February 4th!
It's so nice to be back on the blog, even if it's just for a moment. I have missed being here. 

I was looking over my last post which was from November. I had just started my seasonal job working at one of our favorite craft stores.

I'm happy tor report, I made it. Was a little rusty as it has been 15 years since I've done this. But. I did it! 

They've asked me to stay on at a part time level. I said yes. I was honored to be asked. 

Things have slowed down now and I'm back to listing on eBay - and - re-opened my Etsy store.  
I thought I'd celebrate by offering a 20% discount in the Etsy Store!
 Minimum purchase of $8. 
Coupon code : "Entirelyapropossale" ( it always looks so chaotic when placing 3 words together. I probably should have thought of one word. Too late.  ) 
Good through the month of February 2015.

Feel free to share the code with anyone. I appreciate you passing it along.

Link to Etsy Store ; Click Here 

I've been enjoying feeding the birds.
I've had a Downy show up and my first Cardinal! 
( Didn't have the camera near by to capture the Cardinal. It was an exciting moment ! )

The Goldfinch family went for a ride on their feeder. The wind was blowing ....they hung on and didn't let it stop them from their lunch. ha! 
They are so cute!

I have several Sparrows that show up along with the Junco's.
They are so precious to watch.

Thats all for now.
I need to get back to listing more goodies!

Have a good day!

Happy Treasure Hunting....and Thank You for stopping by. Always always means so much!

Hugs, Julie

Monday, November 10, 2014

Progress and Change.

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything" - George Bernard Shaw

Change change change. That has become the regular in my life and I'm sure in your life as well. Life is full of change. 

After moving back to Michigan. I tried to get my junkin' business back up and running. I experienced some failures. Some of the failures have to do with me. Some of the failures have to do with not being able to find my niche. 
Nothing seemed to be working. 
So, after accepting it ( which took me awhile ) - I took on a part time job (in March). 
I continued to sell on line, but it just wasn't going as I had hoped.

I recently was offered another position for the Christmas season working at one of the craft stores we all love to shop at. 
I have been working more hours and learning how to run a cash register ( again ). I'm also building up my stamina regarding standing on my feet for several hours at a time.

I have to say, I feel old. oy!

At this point, I  have my eBay store up and running...but I've put my Etsy store on hold. Not enough time or energy to keep them both going.

I took some time yesterday and added a few auctions to my store. Mostly Christmas merchandise.
One of my favorites for the week is this vintage Christmas pillowcase. ( You can view the auction here: Vintage Christmas Pillowcase - Jolly Santa! )

The other is this Hallmark Wizard of Oz ornament. 
( Click on this Link to see the ornament :  Wizard of Oz Hallmark Ornament )

Life is full of twists and turns. I'm trying to remind myself that I'm on an adventure.... but I'm ready for the journey to sort itself out and become more of a lifestyle instead of a roller-coaster ride. I'm sure many of you can relate. 

Hope you enjoy your week. Thanks for stopping by. 
Always always appreciated!!
Happy Treasure Hunting!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

He Asked, and I Said Yes!

A long time ago - a young lady met a young man.
They were introduced through some mutual friends... and that's how their friendship began.

The young lady had a bit of a spirit about her. A spirit to travel and experience other areas and regions...and so she did. 
She traveled for 28 years. She lived in some wonderful places and met amazing friends.

All the while she and this young man stayed in touch  and built their friendship.

Life took some twists and turns. The lady  was ready for another adventure. She took a leap of faith and moved back to the starting place that the young man and woman met. 

That is how Mike and I met....and in a nutshell, our story. 

We've been enjoying our time together the last year and a half. Making new memories.

Last Sunday, the 19th of October.... our life took a turn. 

We were invited to a harvest festival at a farm. 
We were to meet some friends there early, to spend some time with them prior to the festival.

We arrived early. Immediately , were invited to take a hay ride - prior to the event starting.

 So Mike and I jumped up on the trailer ( well, we didn't exactly jump up - we were helped up ! ha!  ) and then we took off, with our friend Trav. driving the tractor ahead. 

I asked Mike why Leona and Dan weren't with us? Thought we were meeting them early? Why were they waiving at us as we were pulling out of the parking lot? Why weren't they with us ? What's up with that? Questions - questions!!! 

After a few minutes , we had gone down a path that lead to the woods. Trav stopped the trailer and pointed out  a place in the midst of the area that would be great for a photo op. I love to take photos and the leaves were in  fall bloom! 

Mike and I headed to the location which was pointed out ...  but again .... I couldn't help ask .... where is everyone and are they trying to get rid of us? hahahahhaa! Mike didn't have any answers....he was just as confused as I was. ( *wink*)

I decided to go with it. Take photos. Enjoy the moment!  

The woods were quiet, the fall leaves were amazing  and the sunlight was peeking through the trees. I started shooting some photos. 

We continued to walk ... Mike pointed out an old beat up  metal box that was sitting on a stump. It was stamped "United States Air Force", and was basically in pieces. 

Then we looked down from the stump and there was this very cool vintage box .
It had dirt and  leaves over the top of it. 
It looked like it had been there for a while. 

Now, as much as I love a good vintage box .... I know anything that has been sitting out in the woods for a while, might house a snake or two ...or a small critter of some kind. I was interested in the box, but opening it wasn't something I felt comfortable with. 

Mike began  to clean the top of it off, and now I was  REALLY crushing on the box.
 However - still very concerned about what might be inside. 
I tried to warn Mike, he ignored me. ( typical ha! )

I braced myself for something that might come lunging out ... and to my "over the top shock - surprise" .... this is what was revealed :

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The first thing my eyes went to was the wine bottle that read " Will You Marry Me?" I was so shocked - all I could do was cry. I was so overwhelmed!

I cried. I hugged Mike and then I couldn't stop crying. (Do you know the man even remembered to bring  kleenex?!  )

Mike made it all so special. 
I found out later, he and Leona had gone vintage shopping earlier in the week. 
They found 2 beautiful wine goblets which are etched in a lacy pattern. ( LOVE! )
A vintage wool blanket and a heart shaped silver ring box. ... and the very awesome box!  

I don't have words for the ring. Stunning is what comes to mind.
The ring belonged to his Grandmother. 
Mike had his jeweler friend ( thank you, Tim! ) remove one of the stones and replace it with a stone from Mike's Mother's ring. 
I'm honored to wear it. So very honored

Mike had a pumpkin hiding behind a rock which he pulled out when Trav returned to pick us up.

So, the young lady and the young man ( who weren't as young as they once were ) decided to set out on a journey together. 
They are grateful for the friendship which started all those years ago. 

One more note:
I later found out that Dan, Leona and Trav  helped with all the props and placed them in the woods,  just moments before we arrived. Including the ring. 
Trav was our driver. 

Thank you , Dan, Leona and Trav - you made the day so very very  special. 
I'll never forget it. xoxoxo

I have more things to share with you, but couldn't wait to share this with you first!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate you being here and your comments. Always always always , means so much!

Hugs and Love,

Happy Treasure Hunting! xo

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Favorite Find - Industrial Style Love

A few weeks ago I stopped at a tag sale.
It was the second day for the sale. I normally don't find many treasures on the second day. But I've learned to never say never AND  I've learned to never pass up stopping at small tag sales. They can be surprising.

I love the industrial look and I love wood and leather. I love to incorporate all 3 looks together. 
That's my goal for my office area. Wood, leather and industrial. Oh and some rose fabric and pictures to soften it up. 

I'm always on the hunt for pieces with drawers or cubby's. 
I've seen several industrial style cabinets at garage sales that I would have LOVED to take home, but they were over priced for me. 

BUT. Not this day.

To my delight. I walked up to this sale ... and there ...  sitting on a long table  ... were 2 vintage stack-able paper trays !  Oh yes please! 

I love their deco style.

But wait. There's more!

As I swooped in to grab the trays ( I was the only one at the sale, but you would have thought there were several "treasure hunters" there. All looking for industrial paper trays - ha! ) ... something caught my attention at the other end of the table. There she was..... 

.... a 6 drawer vintage industrial metal cabinet !!  *Swoon!* 

Before I got too excited, I searched for a price ... and there it was. At the top of the cabinet was a $5. price tag!!! I'm now jumping up and down ( on the inside ) and announced quite loudly " I'd like to purchase this cabinet, please !!!!! " Again. I'm the only shopper there. 

So I handed over $7. to the cashier and ran to my car to put the pieces in the trunk before anyone could change their mind. Not that any of the people having the sale mentioned that they might have second thoughts about selling it.... but just in case. ( I'm such a goober )

She's gonna need a little TLC ... which might become a winter project. Not sure if I should paint it? Kind of leaning towards cream and then putting a coat of black over the top ... sanding it to bring out the cream. 
I don't know what I'll store in it yet. But it will be fun to figure it out.

Until then. I have her sitting next to the suitcases on the top shelf of a cabinet. 

I found a home for the paper trays. They are sitting on a shelf next to my desk. Holding important papers .... like plain paper for my printer. 

The next day I stopped at a couple more tag sales and found 2 different leather briefcases. They are in very good condition. I'm kind of thinking about keeping them to store small goodies in.
I love to stack suitcases for storage. 

That's all for now.

Thanks for stopping by. As always, I appreciate you taking the time.
Means so much!

Happy Treasure Hunting!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tureen and Violets. A Fun Gift.

Last Friday, I stopped at a tag sale on my way to work.
I was in a hurry .... only had a few moments.

My eye went right to this covered tureen.
It was sitting on a table that was marked 1/2 off.
I would have paid full price for it, but 1/2 off was a no brainer. 
I swooped it up, paid for it and headed to work.

My cousin  and his "lovely bride" ( the endearing "title"  my cousin uses when speaking of his wife. How sweet is that!  Smart man.) had invited us to their home for dinner - for Friday night.

I knew I wanted to bring a little somethin'- somethin'. 
I offered a dish to pass - but they insisted that they had everything needed. 

Soooo ..... after scoring the tureen, some ideas popped in my head .... ideas for the dinner we were invited to!

The one idea that wouldn't leave me alone was  placing some herbs in the pot. Something about the soft white with the green foliage that makes my heart go pitter-patter. 
I couldn't wait to get off of work to pick up the herbs and create this fabulous idea that was rolling around in my head!

Apparently, I must have made the pot much larger in my mind ....because when it was time to pick out the herbs..... I could only fit ONE herb in the pot. Possibly two, if I had the second one  sitting sideways.  > insert a good chuckle < 

 I just couldn't do ONE herb. It looked wrong. 
Disappointed, I headed to the floral department to see what plan B would look like. 
I had about 5 minutes to pick out a potted flower and get through the check out before I needed to be on my way home. 

The pot wasn't large enough to hold two containers of anything, so I went with the simple violet. It wasn't the grand idea that I had originally thought of, but it would work. 

I only had a minute to take a couple of photos before heading out the door. 

After I took the photos, I realized some of the pink pot was showing through the Spanish moss, so I covered that up with moss before running out the door.
(I looked like a crazy woman with moss flying everywhere! Ha!)

The hostess ( AKA : "Lovely Bride" )  really seemed to like it. I really enjoyed putting it together. 
It was a fun unique gift to whip up. 

I love the small surprises of everyday life. 
Finding a treasure that will brighten the day of another - It made me happy.

Thanks so much for stopping by  .... I appreciate you! 

Happy Treasure Hunting!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dusting Off the Paint Brushes

Once upon a time, in a far off land .... I had a hand painted glassware business.
It was a business that started out as something that filled my need for creativity and slowly grew into something full time.

It was a lot of fun, and I was very grateful for the opportunity. 
I worked hard at building the business. I learned a lot. 
Wouldn't have made it without the help from Mom and  Jody. ( Who is Jody? Read about her HERE )

As time went on....I started to hit the burn out phase. 
That's when I changed direction and headed back into the world of buying and selling vintage finds. (Entirely Apropos)

We were recently invited to a couples wedding shower.
Mike and I like to give gifts that are on the personalized side...or at least maybe something that is unique. 

After pondering some ideas, I thought maybe this would be a good time for me to dust off the paint brushes and see if I still had "it". It's been at least 4 1/2 years since I painted.

I made a trip to the craft store, purchased the glass paint. ( Folk Art Enamel )
Then, headed to Dollar Tree Store to purchase wine glasses.

After digging out my painting tools that have been packed up, and discovering my painting apron ( yay me! ) . I was set.

It took a couple of tries before I started feeling a bit more confident. But . I did it!

I borrowed the frame from The Graphics Fairy ( Click HERE to see the frame and visit The Graphics Fairy -  AWESOME site!  )

I used my design titled " Filigree" for the base. It's a free flowing design. 

I use a bottle and tip to create the design.
Purchased at Hobby Lobby.

I painted six glasses.
Two of them are personalized for the bride and groom. The other four are for their guests. 

The party was this past Saturday night. 
It was an  amazing event! 
The host and hostess went all out. 
"Classy" is the word I would use to describe the party.
I had a wonderful time. 

It was fun to paint again.

I picked up some old barn wood at a tag sale recently. 
I am hoping to do something creative with them before the snow flies. ( Ick. Did I just mention that four  letter word? LOL )

As always, thanks for stopping by!
I appreciate! xoxo

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Hugs, Julie